Qantas and SIA stick with A380 delivery schedules

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Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines plan to stick to their near-term delivery schedules for the Airbus A380, despite the continuing checks on Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines that power their aircraft.

Australia's national carrier Qantas is due to receive two A380s in mid-December, while Singapore Airlines is scheduled to receive one in December as well.

European Aviation Safety Agency regulators called for additional checks after the 4 November uncontained engine failure on a Qantas A380 shortly after take-off on a Singapore-Sydney flight, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Singapore.

Qantas has grounded its A380s pending investigations, with the indications pointing to an oil leakage in the engine as the likely cause of the failure.

"We plan to take the new aircraft and there is no change to that plan," says a Qantas spokesman. "The EASA checks that have been implemented on our existing A380 fleet will take place on the new aircraft as well. We have no plans to delay the deliveries due to this issue."

A Singapore Airlines spokesman says: "We have not been informed of any delays to the delivery of our 12th A380, and nor have we requested for one." He adds that SIA continues to follow the EASA guidelines on the operation of its A380 fleet.

The Qantas spokesman adds that the carrier is in talks with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority about returning its A380s to active service. An announcement could be made in the coming days, he says.